Top Baby Names of 2021

One of the biggest challenges that comes with having a baby is choosing a name. Whether you’re going with a timeless name, something that runs in the family, or one that’s a bit more unique, there’s no shortage of options. Every year, certain names rank highest among newborns. There’s also names that appear to be growing in popularity. A search online will quickly show you the most popular baby names every year.

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Here are the top baby names of 2021.

Up-and-Coming Names for 2021

While classic names will never go out of style, expect to see a ton of unique names for 2021 newborns. For instance, many pop culture trends are influencing baby name choices.

A baby-naming website called Nameberry has predicted some trends for 2021 baby names. One of those trends are magic names in relation to superheroes, mythical figures, and names that carry heroic and strong meanings. Some examples of names include:

  • Loki;
  • Persephone;
  • Jupiter;
  • Lucifer;
  • Artemis, and;
  • Evander.

Another expected trend for girls is names with a long A. This also includes names emulated by the letter E, such as Esme and Vega. Some names we’re expected to see with a long A include:

  • Adelaide;
  • Mabel;
  • Maeve, and;
  • Ayla.

Some of the other trends inspiring baby names for 2021 include:

  • Cottagecore names (ex. Bear, Flora, Silas, Rowan, Wilder);
  • Japanese names (ex. Aiko, Ren, Mika, Chihiro, Yuki);
  • Avian middle names (ex. Dove, Lark, Robin, Birdie, Falcon, Swan);
  • “Ever” names (ex. Everst, Everlyn, Everleigh, Everson, Everlee), and;
  • Billie Eillish-inspired names (ex. Billie, Finneas, Connell, Stevie, Teddy).

Most Popular Unisex Names

As the world shifts to be more inclusive, gender-neutral names are gaining popularity among parents. These are names that parents can choose for either a boy or a girl.

One emerging trend in gender-neutral names are those that end in “ari”. NameBerry says these types of genderless names are modern and infinitely customizable, giving parents endless options when it comes to naming their kid. Some examples of gender neutral names ending with “ari” include:

  • Khari;
  • Camari;
  • Amari;
  • Kiari;
  • Akari, and;
  • Imari.

There are plenty of classic names that can also be considered unisex. Using data from the Social Security Administration, NameBerry compiled names that have been used roughly the same number of times for boys and girls. In alphabetical order, the 10 most popular gender-neutral names are:

  1. Bellamy;
  2. Charlie;
  3. Dakota;
  4. Denver;
  5. Emerson;
  6. Finley;
  7. Justice;
  8. River;
  9. Skyler, and;
  10. Tatum.

Most Popular Male Names

The U.S. Official Social Security website keeps track of what parents are naming their kids and which are the most prevalent. Right now, the most recent year we’re able to see this data is 2019.

The most popular male names from 2019 are:

  • Liam;
  • Noah;
  • Oliver;
  • William;
  • Elijah;
  • James;
  • Benjamin;
  • Lucas;
  • Mason;
  • Ethan;
  • Alexander;
  • Henry;
  • Jacob;
  • Michael;
  • Daniel;
  • Logan;
  • Jackson;
  • Sebastian;
  • Jack;
  • Aiden;
  • Owen;
  • Samuel;
  • Matthew;
  • Joseph;
  • Levi;
  • Mateo;
  • David;
  • John;
  • Wyatt;
  • Carter;
  • Julian;
  • Luke;
  • Grayson;
  • Issac;
  • Jayden;
  • Theodore;
  • Gabriel;
  • Anthony;
  • Dylan;
  • Leo;
  • Lincoln;
  • Jaxon;
  • Asher;
  • Christopher;
  • Josiah;
  • Andrew;
  • Thomas;
  • Joshua;
  • Ezra, and;
  • Hudson.

Most Popular Girl Names

The U.S. Official Social Security website also records the most popular female names. As such, the most popular female names in 2019 are:

  • Olivia;
  • Emma;
  • Ava;
  • Sophia;
  • Isabella;
  • Charlotte;
  • Amelia;
  • Mia;
  • Harper;
  • Evelyn;
  • Abigail;
  • Emily;
  • Ella;
  • Elizabeth;
  • Camila;
  • Luna;
  • Sofia;
  • Avery;
  • Mila;
  • Aria;
  • Scarlett;
  • Penelope;
  • Layla;
  • Chloe;
  • Victoria;
  • Madison;
  • Eleonor;
  • Grace;
  • Nora;
  • Riley;
  • Zoey;
  • Hannah;
  • Hazel;
  • Lily;
  • Ellie;
  • Violet;
  • Lillian;
  • Zoe;
  • Stella;
  • Aurora;
  • Natalie;
  • Emilia;
  • Everly;
  • Leah;
  • Aubrey;
  • Willow;
  • Addison;
  • Lucy;
  • Audrey, and;
  • Bella.